On Monday morning, at the launch of the LVMH Watch Week 2021, Ricardo Guadalupe – Hublot CEO – asserted once more that art is central in the watchmaking universe. After Shepard “Obey” Fairey, Marc Ferrero, Richard Orlinski or even Maxime Plescia-Buchi, the atypical free spirit Takashi Murakami is joining the manufacture ambassadors. In collaboration, they created a black version of the Classic Fusion: the Takashi Murakami All Black.
By Chloé Redler
Anchored in a creative style combining traditional pictorial techniques and leading-edge technologies, Takashi Murakami boldly thinks outside the box and is always drawing inspiration from his surroundings. Last February, he visited the manufacture in Nyon, seeing first-hand the know-how of master watchmakers. There, he familiarized himself with the design of the Hublot Classic Fusion, Hublot’s iconic collection.
A flower at the heart of the movement
Imbued with Kawaii, mangas and animes pop culture aesthetics, the work of this leading figure of the Japanese scene is awe-inspiring by its creativity.
Emblematic symbol of his work, the famous anthropomorphic flower with a beatific smile now blossoms in the heart of the movement of the new Classic Fusion.
Usually bright and colourful, the watch now dresses up in a black look scintillating with black diamonds (456 on the twelve petals and 107 on the face). Under a sapphire glass, the flower comes alive in the heart of the dial thanks to an ingenious ball-bearing system developed in Hublot’s workshops, enabling the petals to rotate.
The choice of the Hublot Classic Fusion
With a black ceramic case of 45 mm diameter, the Takashi Murakami All Black takes up the aesthetic codes of the Classic Fusion collection (six-screw bezel design…). Powered by a Unico self-winding manufacture calibre, this beautiful instrument offers a 72-hour power reserve. Be forewarned: this piece of art deemed “collector’s item” by Hublot is limited to only 200 models.